The rubber that could,,,

A few weeks ago I announced that the new blogger section (Strange Bloggin’s) was nearly ready to go…well, still not yet.  Time restraints have prevented me from doing what I had planned.  Soon, soon.  If you want to see the test it’s at

Speaking of the new story section, has had a new addition, and not just any new story; Joshua Blanc has submitted the fifth installment of the “Mr. Sock-for-a-Head” series.  Mr. Sock-for-a-head was the FIRST story submitted to’s fiction section. 

That was ten years ago.  Back then, a writer sent his/her story via email, and I laboriously posted it.  Creating links and archives and what-not.  In today’s modern version of My Strange Stories, he just created an account and posted it, and it was linked, archived and posted before I knew about it. 

A few years ago, writers would have to wait several months before a story got posted.  Now, you got the story and it’s posted!  Nice. 

Anywho, go here to read the latest… . 

About that sloppy rubber. 

I got a rubber a few years back, and although I’ve taken great care of it, it just doesn’t seem to have the life that it used to have.  I was under the impression that it would last for many years. 

Naturally I expected that after lots of tender loving care it would grow bigger and stronger than it was when I bought it…and it did!  But much to my surprise it now peaks at about four feet.  I expected positive results from a healthy lifestyle, but never expected this!


I expected my wife to be excited about the change, but a few weeks ago she said, “If that thing gets any bigger I’m throwing it outside!”  

She was serious. 

I was so proud as it kept growing and growing, but now it hangs to one side and is crooked.  It just doesn’t seem healthy. 

I tried cleaning and dusting it, rubbing it gently with aloe to let it know I cared.  I even read bed time stories to it, but it just wouldn’t stand straight and tall like it used too.  I was worried that if I didn’t do something soon, it would turn brown, shrivel up and just fall to the ground.

Like all Americans, I wanted to do the right thing, but not until all other options had been exhausted, so with no other choices left, I went to a store that specializes in plants and told them my sad story of the tilting rubber plant. 

Turns out I just needed to buy a stake and tie the plant to that to make it stand up tall…they said that’s what they do.  I looked around, and sure enough all the taller green plants were tied to stakes!

Who knew?

COMING NEXT…If Republicans were smart, everything wouldn’t be so shitty.

Bob Senitram

Webmaster and editor of I obtained a bachelor's degree in micro-biology around the turn of the century but was quickly tracked down and forced to return it to its rightful owner and pay a $25 fine. *** A fan of science fiction, I started this website in 1999 as a portal for science fiction stories that have never been published. *** Completely devoid of talent, I decided to call on the public to supply content. Shortly afterwards Stephen and I started writing weekly columns and have continued to this day.

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